Are you working the perfect job?
Do you get paid enough? Are you happy?
Do books like “The 4 Hour Work Week” litter your shelves?
Do you wish you could “strike it out on your own,” but you don’t know what to do?
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen and feast your eyes on the world-renowned, super-effective and absolutely free Ideal Career Generator!
It’s spectacular! It’s stupendous! In a single afternoon, you – yes even you in the back with the fishy look in your eye – can find and know with certainty what you should be doing with your life.
How the Ideal Career Generator works
What is an ideal career? Is it strictly what you do if you are “following your passion?” This isn’t quite enough, is it? I have a passion for eating pizza, but “Pizza Eater” wouldn’t make a very good career.
Is it all about the money? Well… no. Money is great. You should make lots and lots of it. But if you make it by violating your personal moral code or by doing something you hate, all the money in the world won’t make up for a broken life.
Do you need to have a job that matches your diploma? Do you even need a diploma? Again – no and no. The training and apprenticeship that makes a professional can take many forms – not just the kind that is validated by a sheepskin.
No – your ideal career is found at the point where money, passion and education meet.
So how do you find it?
Feed the generator
To determine your ideal career, you need to feed the generator. The Ideal Career Generator doesn’t run on rocket fuel or gasoline. Instead, it runs on lists that you create. Now it’s time to feed the machine.
Grab several sheets of paper, a pen and some markers.
At the top of each sheet, write the following questions and underline them. At this point, don’ t start answering the questions – just make the lists themselves.
- What products do I love to produce? A product is something that has been completed that can be exchanged for something valuable. Money is not a product unless you work for the Treasury department.
- What products have I produced that have gotten me the highest hourly wage? Take what you charge for the product, subtract the cost to produce it, divide by ALL the hours it takes to create it including travel, marketing, production, etc
- What products have the highest potential hourly wage? Is there a “niche” form of this product that is very costly?
- What products do I produce at a professional level? Included here are even those things relegated to hobbies.
- What products have I been trained to produce? You’ve received a lot of training – this doesn’t include just formal education. Did you learn how to build a deck? Did your parents teach you to do something? Make sure you get everything.
- What would I love to do all day long? What would you do even if no one told you to do it?
- What actions have I been trained to do? It is important to list everything here. A dentist isn’t trained to “dent.” A dentist is trained to clean teeth, examine teeth, fill cavities, produce veneers, etc. LIST EVERYTHING.
- What have I always wanted to do? Might as well list everything here – including toddler ambitions.
- What actions have I successfully been paid for in the past? Include lemonade stands, fundraising for a school, everything.
- What actions do people ask me to help them with? Are you the family’s go-to computer consultant? Write that down.
- What jobs have I held in the past? ALL OF THEM
- What jobs have I held that made me happy? Really, really happy. If not that, then write down those jobs that didn’t completely piss you off.
- What job titles have I held or have I called myself? Some of these may not have “official” names, but are jobs that you fall into in life.
Chugga chugga goes the ICG
Now make your lists. Be very complete. Were you a pizza delivery girl when you were young? Write that down. Do you love to knit? Put it on the list. The more complete the lists, even with the silly stuff, the more the machine can do for you.
Once you’ve finished your lists, go back through and add any to the appropriate list that you may have discovered.
When the lists are done, tape them together in a big long sheet, in the order given above.
Pie in the sky doesn’t feed the machine.
You may find that you have certain pet ideas that just don’t fit on all of the lists. As an example, I helped someone through these lists one day who’d always had an idea about creating a device that would protect homes against tornadoes. However –
- He had no training in the related fields
- He’d never been paid to work on it
- He had no idea if there was a market for the device
So – although it was an idea, it wasn’t a good idea. At least not for his ideal career.
Ideal Career Analysis
Now grab your markers and look over your lists. Find the common denominators. There will be items that are similar from list to list. Circle them with the same color marker and draw lines between them.
Write down what you’ve discovered on a separate sheet of paper.
If you have found that your ideal career is in welding, let’s say, then you need to figure out –
- What level of income is satisfactory to you?
- How many hours a week are you willing to devote to making that income?
Divide the income by the hours and you now know how much you need to make per hour to have your ideal career.
How to increase your income
A major consideration about this project is whether you can create enough money with your career. For example, you may look at this and discover that your ideal career is “Welder,” but you’ve never made the money you want and you know that the hourly wage for even an expert welder is pretty fixed. Now is the time to ask –
- Can I make more if I cut out the boss and go into business for myself?
- Is there an under-served public for what I deliver?
- Can I turn this service that I deliver into a product? (DIY Welding instruction manual)
- Can I turn this product that I deliver into a service? (House visit welding)
- Is there something needed and wanted by the public in this area that has never been fulfilled?
Making your ideal career a success
You should now have a good idea of your ideal career. Now write out a program to get there with targets that you can do one step at a time to get to that point where you are doing exactly what you want to do and making the money you need to make. Key for success on this step is a) write the program, b) work on it a little bit every day, and c) be open to opportunities as they arise.
The idea for the ICG is my own. I have used it successfully with several of my friends and I hope you will also use it and find success.
Although the idea for this tool is my own, it is based on the laws of business and life discovered by a few very successful people. Please check out this additional information as well.
1. The Hundred Dollar Start Up by Chris Guillebeau gives a concise and effective overview of how to bootstrap yourself into a new career. This is the book that I read that started me down my marketing career.
3. Targets and Goals by L. Ron Hubbard is a free online course that gives precise information about how to achieve your goals. The exact sequence of questions above is based on the “conditions of existence,” a useful way of thinking about life contained in Fundamentals of Thought.